Schenectady County Legislature Begins Review of Proposed 2020 County Budget that Contains No Tax Increase

2020 Tentative Budget

The County Legislature on Tuesday received the County Manager’s proposed 2020 budget that once again contains no tax increase.

“The Legislature continues to hold the line on taxes, with 2020 being the fifth consecutive budget with either a tax cut or no increase,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.  “Our members have worked closely with the Manager and his staff to set our priorities and craft a budget that does not raise taxes while maintaining the services that our residents have come to expect from County Government.  The Schenectady County Legislature has worked tirelessly to control costs that are within our control while balancing the needs of our community and the impact of state mandated services.”

Some new challenges in 2020 include state mandated changes in increased requirements for lead prevention which impacts Public Health Services and bail/discovery reform which may significantly impact the District Attorney’s Office.  While New York State has frozen Schenectady County’s mandated Medicaid costs, this one mandate alone still accounts for nearly half of the County’s tax levy.

Schenectady County continues to invest in our County Library System and SUNY Schenectady.  In 2020 we’ll benefit from the first full year operation of the new Mont Pleasant Library Branch.  Schenectady County will also have the fifth consecutive year of increased funding for SUNY Schenectady County Community College as well as a capital investment of $1.3 million into new and upgraded college facilities.

The 2020 budget also includes continued funding for the specialized Targeted Street Crime Unit and the Sheriff’s Drug Task Force, as well as $16.6 million in County, Federal, and State funds for road and bridge infrastructure projects.

In the coming weeks the Legislature will review the County Manager’s budget line by line and determine if any additional modifications should be made to benefit our taxpayers and adopt a final budget.  A Public Hearing on the budget is scheduled for October 8, 2019 at 7PM with the expected vote taking place at a Special Meeting on October 15, 2019 at 7PM.

County Manager Rory Fluman presented his 2020 County Operating Budget to members of the Schenectady County Legislature during a special meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  Under the County Charter, the County Manager is required to present a budget proposal to the County Legislature by October 1.  The Legislature then has until November 1 to make modifications and adopt a final budget.